Fresh off the news that Rafael Nadal has committed to play in both the 2014 Australian Open and Sony Open, the world number one-ranked Nadal has announced that he would participate in the 2014 edition of the Copa Claro in Argentina. He last played in the event, set for Feb. 8-16, 2014 at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club, back in 2005. Nadal had previous success in South America, most notably during his return from an eight-month injury layoff in early 2013. He reached the Vina del Mar final in his first tournament, and followed it with a title in Sao Paulo. In the remainder of 2013, he went on to take nine more titles, including five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies, on his way to claiming the year-end number one Emirates ATP Ranking.
“I am really happy to return to Buenos Aires," said Nadal. "I look forward to coming back to Argentina and share a great week of tennis with the Argentine fans."
In November, Nadal helped promote Argentine tourism by teaming up with Novak Djokovic to play an exhibition match on a barge floating near Patagonian glaciers.